Exhibition of the week
Yinka Shonibaré CBE
A provocative encounter where Shonibare confronts Picasso, explores the collection of masks of the Spanish master and the debt of modern art to Africa.
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, until July 31.
Surrealist paintings with disturbingly exaggerated realism that linger on fetishized bodies and hair.
The white cube mason’s yard, London, until June 26.
Drawing on the cultural history of Malawi, this installation imagines an “initiation ceremony” for a new era of human equality.
Oxford Modern Art until September 5.
Breaking the mold
Rachel Whiteread, Cornelia Parker, Elisabeth Frink, Eva Rothschild and Barbara Hepworth are among the powerful British sculptors in this exhibition from the Arts Council Collection.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park until September 5.
Treasures of Woburn
The Woburn Abbey art collection is on display in this magnificent palace of Inigo Jones while his usual home is being restored. To see for the portraits of Reynolds and Bathsheba of Poussin.
Queen’s House, Greenwich, until December 31.
Image of the week
The statue of slave trader Edward Colston who was knocked down during a Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol last year has been on display at the M Shed Museum. Covered in graffiti and unable to stand, the statue will be on display alongside protest signs and a timeline of events. “The anti-racist movement is not about statues,” said Dr Shawn Sobers of the We Are Bristol History commission. “But the statues are a symbol of how seriously our UK towns really take these issues.”
What we have learned
Antony Gormley said the Rhodes statue from Oxford should face the wall …
… While Gary Younge says all historical statues should fall…
… and the overturned statue of Edward Colston was on display in Bristol
Murals, gardens and a statue of Capt Sir Tom Moore will honor lives lost to Covid-19
War Inna Babylon opens next month at ICA
Starmer Student Posing Might On Joy Division Dads
Street photographer Dawoud Bey gave a presence to his black subjects
Photographers Documented America’s Drug Crisis Nightmare
Artists shake up the Brexit blues in Paris
Artists ignore the high carbon costs of non-fungible tokens
The Italian artistic police turned the tide on the tomb robbers of Pompeii …
… while a Frenchwoman gave up the fight for Pissarro, looted by the Nazis
… and the UK has banned the export of a £ 17million Italian bronze cockade
Tom Copi caught Iggy Pop surfing in a crowd
Artist will pay people £ 10 to howl like wolves at Preston bus station …
… while Stewart Lee has offered to take over as Culture Secretary
The “Michelangelo of Middlesbrough” painted a million small cobblestones
Ellen Gallagher is inspired by the sex life of the coral
Mohamed Bourouissa thinks France has some catching up to do
Samson Kambalu clashes cultures in Oxford
Galt toys and CND designer Ken Garland were a political brand
Leonora Carrington’s Mexican home is now a museum
Huge new exhibition of Barbara Hepworth’s work has opened in Wakefield
… while Barcelona said no to the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg
Ai Weiwei’s golden cage was on display at Blenheim Palace, Oxford
Engraver sheds light on the existential plight of moths
Australian artist Richard Bell uses his art for bold activism
Peter Wegner won the Archibald Prize for his portrayal of Guy Warren
A nighttime visit to an art gallery is the perfect understated evening
Masterpiece of the week
Antoine Watteau, F.Ete Galante in a wooded landscape, c1719-21
Watteau’s heady blend of fragrant whimsy and sharp realism is unique. This genius of the Rococo style, with its flourishes, its flowers and its belief in pleasure, died young and left beautiful visions for centuries. Here, the melting, dreamy foliage and the blue undertone of a pastoral idyll grows out when one looks at the faces of the hedonists. Many are clearly portraits of very solid and un-idealized people. And in a truly surreal touch that anticipates the cinema of Buñuel and Cocteau, the nude statue in the foreground seems to come to life. Not only is she waking up, but her very human body is portrayed credibly, with no respect for classical ideals. Watteau, the first great French modern artist, shows his fascinating originality.
Wallace Collection, London.
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